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Generation Kill Paperback – Bargain Price, July 1, 2008
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It is also exhausting, as Wright subjects the reader to a full range of emotion -- from joy to appalling horror to pride. Wright has a keen eye for the details that bring the stories of the war to life. The banter between the soldiers is fascinating and frequently hilarious, and is definitely a highlight of the book. No other account brings you closer to the men who slugged this thing out as they barreled across the Iraqi desert.
It is useful to keep in mind that this book calls the shots as they are seen from a small group of soldiers on the frontline of the war. What this book is not is a comprehensive overview of the run-up to the war or of the overall strategy employed by the U.S. military. The soldiers often gripe about certain officers and decisions taken at the higher levels. Some of the complaints are balanced out with alternate views. Wright's account is valuable not for its even-handed treatment of every side in a particular issue, but for giving insight into how the men on the ground met and dealt with problems that cropped up during their historic mission.
The book does dwell on a lot of the mishaps encountered by the soldiers. Among the headaches endured by Wright's squad: a lack of lubricating oil to keep their weapons functioning properly, muffed radio communication thanks to incompatible encryption, and general cluelessness about the true nature of their mission, which was basically to drive through enemy positions to draw fire so their position/size/strength could be estimated.Read more ›
Based on that excerpt, one might expect Wright to go on to provide a litany of the unit's worst excesses and examples of Marine Corps machismo and arrogance. Thankfully, he instead is interested in the men and not stereotypes, and manages to gain acceptance among them. Some have critiqued the book for thisóessentially saying that because Wright became tight with these Marines, he couldn't be objective about their actions. While it would be absurd to suggest that Wright operated under total objectivity, as a critique, it doesn't hold up. Most of the book is Wright just writing about what he sees happen and recounts the feelings the men share with him about their experiences.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Generation Kill is perhaps the defining book about soldiers in the 21st century, and it holds this title for good reason.Published 15 days ago by Don Straitiff
After seeing the HBO adaptation I finally got around to reading the book. I think part of what makes this book so powerful is it highlights the way things can go wrong in war. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alyssa
A fascinating, honest look at Marines during the initial invasion of Iraq. At times humorous, at times horrifying.Published 1 month ago by Oliver L.
I wish this would be made into a movie, it would be the next John Wayne western!
Good and fast run on the sand-box
Journalist Evan Wright rides along with an elite US Marine reconnaissance battalion during the opening days of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lee Anderson
This is a real look at modern war. At times it's heartbreaking and disgusting, at others it is utterly hilarious. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Court
Very good book from someone who was actually embedded with the people who were there. Does not attempt to push a political point of view but gives insight into how war effects our... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas R. Clement